Ghanaians have been urged to cut back their spending on aphrodisiac and alcoholic beverages in order to save enough money to take care of their children’s education.
Nana Kyei Baffour II, Ankobeahene of Kwapia, has admonished parents to get their priorities right by doing everything possible to ensure that their kids were not only enrolled but retained in school.
He was speaking at a ceremony held to officially inaugurate a new educational circuit in the town by the Adansi North District Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES).
The goal is to strengthen supervision in schools in the area to significantly raise academic performance.
Nana Kyei Baffour condemned the situation where some children attend school bare-footed and in tattered uniform and yet their parents are able to spend good money on local liquor (akpeteshie), aphrodisiac drinks and social events including funerals.
This he said, was not the way to go and that the future of children must be put at the centre of everything they do.
The Ankobeahene also reminded teachers to show total commitment and passion for the job they are doing.
He urged pupils to put to effective use the instructional hours and do away with absenteeism.
Mr. Paul Antwi Oppong, the District Director of Education, said the Kwapia Circuit brings to 10 the number of educational circuits established in the area to help promote effective teaching and learning.
He assured that they were determined to make sure that the schools were efficiently managed to achieve high academic standards.
Mrs. Doris Nunoo, the Circuit Supervisor, called on all to work together to provide additional classrooms and furniture, information and communication technology (ICT) laboratories and sports equipment to the schools.
The Kwapia Circuit comprises of 10 public schools, three private ones and a Senior High School (SHS) with a total of 162 teachers and student population of 2,929.